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Connect art and adult literacy at CALTA21 online symposium

Discussing artwork.
Discussing artwork.

Get ready to participate in a free, online symposium to empower adult English speakers of other languages (ESOL) on June 3, 2–5 p.m., hosted by Cultures and Literacies Through Art for the 21st Century (CALTA21).

CALTA21 is a national leadership grant, IMLS-funded initiative that is holding the online symposium “to disseminate the piloted model, which is designed to build institutional capacity of museums and institutions of higher education.” Patricia Lannes is the founder and project director of CALTA21. Its goal is to “strengthen adult ESOL immigrants’ literacy and critical-thinking skills” and “expand their social and cultural capital.”

Therefore, symposium participants will have the chance to hear presenters discuss the importance of building connections between literacy and art-based programs to improve immigrants’ language skills. Presenters will also discuss, among other things, the roles that art institutions can play in the lives of ESOL adults.

Panelists, including literacy instructors, museum professionals, art and literacy evaluators, organization representatives will focus on best teaching practices, partnerships, program outcomes, and replication opportunities for participants’ organizations.”

Register before the deadline of May 27 at:

After registration, you will receive login instructions and an agenda for the symposium. You can participate in some or all sessions and the Q & A. For more information, contact